LINGUIST List 25.3235

Fri Aug 08 2014

Books: Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change: Coussé, von Mengden (eds.)

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Date: 04-Aug-2014
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Subject: Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change: Coussé, von Mengden (eds.)
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Title: Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 69
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Evie Coussé
Editor: Ferdinand von Mengden
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270092 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270092 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027270092 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215796 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215796 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027215796 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94

Usage-based approaches to language have gained increasing attention in the last two decades. The importance of change and variation has always been recognized in this framework, but has never received central attention. It is the main aim of this book to fill this gap. Once we recognize that usage is crucial for our understanding of language and linguistic structures, language change and variation inevitably take centre stage in linguistic analysis. Along these lines, the volume presents eight studies by international authors that discuss various approaches to studying language change from a usage-based perspective. Both theoretical issues and empirical case studies are well-represented in this collection. The case studies cover a variety of different languages – ranging from historically well-studied European languages via Japanese to the Amazonian isolate Yurakaré with no written history at all. The book provides new insights relevant for scholars interested in both functional and cognitive linguistic theory, in historical linguists and in language typology.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)
                            Yuracare (yuz)

Written In: English (eng)

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